Company Law and Climate Change?

The 24th European Corporate Governance Conference: Company Law and Climate Change? - 12 December 2019 Helsinki

The conference organised under the Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union studies the role of company law and corporate governance in the actions against climate change and other related global ecological threats. It aims to provide for a policy discussion that covers both the legal and the economic and environmental aspects and consequences of possible action.

For the said purpose, the conference convenes company law and corporate governance policy-makers, corporate management, investors, corporate advisors and personnel, investors, NGOs and academia from both EU and around the world to a broad and open exchange.

Draft Agenda – Subject to possible changes

MORNING SESSION (9.00 - 12.50):


Representative of Ministry of Justice and Dr. Timo Löyttyniemi, Vice Chair of the EU Single Resolution Board

PANEL I: State of play and way forward within the EU


Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Civil and Commercial Justice, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers European Commission

Beate Sjåfjell, Professor, Dr. Juris, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, SMART-project

MODERATOR  Salla Saastamoinen


Joëlle Simon, Deputy Director General Legal, MEDEF, Business Europe

Rytis Ambrazevičius, President, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance, ecoDa

Olivier Boutellis-Taft, CEO, Accountancy Europe

Sebastien Godinot, Head of sustainable finance, WWF European Policy Office

Petra Hedengran, General Counsel and Head of Corporate Governance, Investor AB

Beate Sjåfjell


PANEL II: State of play and way forward – insights from outside the EU


Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack distinguished Service Professor, Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Mats Isaksson, Head of Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

MODERATOR  Luigi Zingales


Mateja Milič, Assonime, European Issuers

Kaisa Hietala, Partner, Gaia Group

Jukka Mähönen, Professor, University of Helsinki, University of Oslo

Mats Isaksson

1-2 other panel participants to be confirmed


AFTERNOON SESSION (13.50 - 17.00):

PANEL III: Corporate Governance and other means – efficiency, coherence and added value?


Alexander Dyck, Professor, Finance and Economic Analysis and Policy, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto


Anahide Pilibossian, Vice President, Black Rock

Robbert Gerritsen, Associate Director, Research, Institutional Shareholder Services

Hanna Hiidenpalo, Chief Investment Officer, Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company

Stanislas Dupré, Founder, CEO, 2° Investing Initiative

1-2 other panel participants to be confirmed


 Dr. Timo Löyttyniemi and Representative of Ministry of Justice


On December 11, beginning from 18:30, there will be a networking event held at the Helsinki Stock Exchange. As there is no formal agenda, conference guests can come and go as they please.

You can register for the event here. As space is limited, we will confirm your registration individually. We thank you for your understanding!

To facilitate remote participation and in-depth discussion of the conference topic, there will be an open participation platform with a live stream from the conference available in due course (open from around mid-November to January). By registering for the conference or by joining our mailing list in the bottom of this page, you will be kept informed about the launch of the platform.

The conference is organised in association with European Commission DG for Justice and Consumers, OECD Corporate Governance and Corporate Finance Division, FIN-FSA Financial Supervisory Authority, Nasdaq Helsinki Stock Exchange, Directors Institute Finland, Confederation of Finnish Industries, The Finnish Foundation for Share Promotion, The Finnish Securities Market Association, The Finnish Shareholders’ Association and WWF Finland.

The Conference is financed by Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company,  Varma, Veritas Pension Insurance, Fortum, Nokia, The renewable materials company Stora Enso, UPMTaaleri Plc, Borenius Attorneys Ltd, Dittmar & Indrenius Attorneys Ltd and EY.

Any questions concerning the conference may be addressed to [email protected]

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